Getting Started

If you are starting a business in the Yakima Valley or are thinking about entrepreneurial ventures, you will find that there is a variety of helpful resources available:

We always suggest that entrepreneurs develop a business plan to guide their growth and operations. Our local small business development center (SBDC) can help orient you to the steps involved when launching a business. You can also visit our business plan page to get more help with developing a business plan.

Most new businesses need to obtain a Washington state business license and a Unified Business Identification Number (UBI). In addition, certain business activities require special registration or agency authorization such as selling liquor, cigarettes, and lottery tickets. You can apply online for a Master Business License through the state Department of Revenue.

If your business is located inside a City you will probably need a local business license. Check in with City Hall to determine costs and requirements.

You should also be aware of local zoning laws whether you starting a home-based business or building a factory. Check in with City Hall (or Yakima County if your business is located in an unincorporated area) to make sure your business is compatible and complying with the local zoning ordinance.

If you are starting a business you also need to understand and comply with tax and government reporting requirements. Another good source of information is the State of Washington’s business tax guide.

Entrepreneurs also need an excellent understanding of the market for their product and how they will finance their business. We have also posted pertinent information on marketing and financing for startups.